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Tired of your fridge being a messy den of unidentifiable leftovers, condiment containers and spills that someone forgot to clean up? These tips will keep your fridge organized and even pretty.

​Use baskets

Hit up your local dollar store for inexpensive, brightly colored baskets. Small plastic baskets can round up small items, bottles that tend to fall over, eggs or items stored in plastic bags.

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​Line your crisper

I always line my vegetable crispers with paper towels or newspapers. The reason is two-fold. First, they soak up any juices that may come off of fruits and vegies, making cleaning the drawers a breeze. I just throw out the liner and put in a new one. Second, the liner absorbs any extra moisture, making my produce last longer.

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​Make a list

Have you ever peered into a container of leftovers and wondered if you should throw it out? Wonder no more. Keep a dry erase board on your fridge and every time you put leftovers in your fridge write down the type of leftover and the date on your board. Now you'll know exactly how old a leftover is with just a glance.

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​Start a one bottle rule

To keep down clutter, inforce a "one bottle" rule. For example, only one bottle of salad dressing, mustard, mayo and ketchup are allowed in the fridge at once. Your extra, unopened bottles can be stored in the pantry with no worry and you'll save a lot of space in your fridge.

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​Designate shelves

Remember the mantra, "A place for everything and everything in its place," from when you were a kid? The easiest way to organize your fridge is to designate a certain type of food to each shelf. When a food is put away it gets put in its place, eliminating search time and making your fridge neater. To keep track, use a dry erase marker to write the type of food on the lip of the shelf.

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​Stop drips and spills

If bending over and wiping out your refrigerator shelves rates low on your list of fun things to do, then line your shelves with plastic place mats. When a spill happens, all you need to do is remove them and rinse them in the sink.

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​Make an egg carton organizer

The next time you use up a 12-pack of eggs, cut off the top and put the bottom in your fridge's door shelf. The egg cubbyholes are perfect for storing squeeze bottles upside down. The bottles are organized and their contents are always ready for squirting.

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​Bag it up

If the meat you buy at the grocery store doesn't go straight into the freezer, leave it in its plastic grocery bag when you put it in the fridge. This will ensure that any leaking juices will be caught in the bag, nixing the need for cleanup.

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​Use Binder clips

Take some binder clips from the office and put them to work in the kitchen. My family usually accidentally tears off self-zipping bag closures on grated cheeses and such, so I use binder clips to clip bags closed, preventing spills. You can also use a binder clip to prevent stacked wine bottles and beer bottles from rolling around. Just clip it to the shelf (if you have rack-style shelving) and stick the metal ends up to block any rolling bottles.

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Remove clutter

Chances are, there are a bunch of things in your fridge that doesn't need to be there. In fact, there are around 20 common items that people keep in their fridge that doesn't need refrigeration. Move these items to your cabinets.

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